Freakonomics

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  • Location: New York, New York
Freakonomics Radio ferrets out connections between seemingly unrelated things. The program explores the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—using the tools of economics to explore real-world behavior.

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6 Pieces

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198 Pieces

Freakonomics Radio ferrets out connections between seemingly unrelated things. The program explores the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—using the tools of economics to explore real-world behavior.


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There are a lot of barriers to changing your mind: ego, overconfidence, inertia — and cost. Politicians who flip-flop get mocked; family and friend...

  • Added: Jun 04, 2020
  • Length: 53:29
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There are thousands of books on the subject, but what do we actually know about creativity? We talk to the researchers who study it as well as the ...

  • Added: May 28, 2020
  • Length: 53:29
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Is there really a "loneliness epidemic"? That’s what some health officials are saying, but the data aren’t so clear. We look into what’s known (and...

  • Added: May 21, 2020
  • Length: 53:29
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What will college look like in the fall (and beyond)? Three university presidents try to answer our listeners’ questions. The result? Not much pomp...

  • Added: May 14, 2020
  • Length: 53:29
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Humans have a built-in “negativity bias,” which means we give bad news much more power than good. Would the Covid-19 crisis be an opportune time to...

  • Added: May 07, 2020
  • Length: 53:29
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How Do You Reopen a Country? We speak with a governor, a former C.D.C. director, a pandemic forecaster, a hard-charging pharmacist, and a pair of e...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2020
  • Length: 53:28
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Will Covid-19 Spark a Cold War (or Worse) With China? The U.S. spent the past few decades waiting for China to act like the global citizen it said ...

  • Added: Apr 23, 2020
  • Length: 53:29
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Should a nurse or doctor who gets sick treating Covid-19 patients have priority access to a potentially life-saving healthcare device? Americans ar...

  • Added: Apr 16, 2020
  • Length: 53:29
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Covid-19 has shocked our food-supply system like nothing in modern history. We examine the winners, the losers, the unintended consequences — and j...

  • Added: Apr 09, 2020
  • Length: 53:29
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Congress just passed the biggest aid package in modern history. We ask six former White House economic advisors and one U.S. Senator: Will it actua...

  • Added: Apr 02, 2020
  • Length: 53:28